The Catholic faith is still alive after super typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda hit the Philippines' Eastern Visayas Region.
Last Sunday, November 17, 2013, many survivors flocked to the ruined churches in the affected areas in Tacloban, Leyte; Sta. Rita, Samar; Roxas City, Capiz just to name a few to attend holy mass, to pray for strength and guidance, and to give thanks to God for their "second life".
"My faith is stronger than Yolanda."
"Even the rains cannot stop me from thanking the Lord for saving me and my family."
- Anita Carillo
"We're now homeless. But I'm very thankful I was able to save the two most important people in my life, my grandsons."
- Rosario Capidos
"The Lord has strengthened our faith and made us stronger in order for us to survive and start off all over again."
- Belen Curila
"Despite what happened, we still believe in God."
"The church may have been destroyed, but our faith is intact, as believers, as a people of God, our faith has not been destroyed."
- Rev. Amadeo Alvero
"Yes, there are a lot who came in today than usual. After all, it's to God we all turn to."
- Fr. Michael Vasquez
CNN's Anderson Cooper tweeted that he was awed by the strength and spirit of the Filipino people.
What Anderson Cooper does not know that this strength of spirit is borne out of strong faith in God, without which this tragedy would be so unbearable. Genuine faith in God knows no situation, we must believe in God not only in GOOD times but also in BAD times. That is the true test of faith.